As the gunfight between the Kenyan forces and the Westgate attackers entered into day three, questions lingered on every Kenyan’s mind on just what was their objective in the attack. Several theories were advanced from day one of the attack in an effort to try and explain the demands of the attackers. However, all theories seemed to be pointing to one direction; the al-shabaab was to blame.
Despite the al-shabaab claiming that they were the ones behind the attack; the way the whole terror operation was planned and executed seem to point out too that some established terror group must had been the perpetrators. The al-shabaab also went ahead to release names of the attackers in the mall and revealing their nationalities; information which seemed to tally with the reports from the Kenyan forces flushing them out of the mall.
Whoever they are, the attackers must have done enough homework to map out the whole mall beforehand. The swiftness and exactness with which they entered the mall and started shooting at innocent civilians and guards is enough evidence to that. Knowing the various locations in the mall to hide in and escape from the pursuing Kenyan forces for two days requires substantial amount of time in planning and surveying of the battle field.
The timing, location and the period of time for which the attack was sustained by the attackers are also important factors to consider.
Just as the world was celebrating the world peace day, the attackers launched the assault. What a better way is there for a terror group to shout out their presence to the world than by attacking when least expected!
It was also a weekend when the big rugby tournament the Safaricom 7s was taking place and the city could be full of people all hyped up for fun over the weekend. Again, what better time is it to strike and get maximum attention than when you surprise excited masses with sudden bad news?
And finally, it had to be on a Saturday, a day off for many people to go out and have fun with friends and families. Disrupting their fun moments would inflict to them much pain than just attacking them on a normal working day.
A children’s function was happening at the mall too on the day of the attack. We all know that children and women draw a lot of sympathy from everyone when they get hurt. The attackers may have capitalized on that to attract more attention and for a prolonged time from us the citizens who sympathize with the hurt children and women. Continue reading “WestGate Attackers: In Their Minds..”